Infants/Toddlers

How Much Weight Should I Gain During My Pregnancy?

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Contrary to popular belief, when you’re expecting, you really don’t need to “eat for two.” Yes, you do need to consume extra calories for your growing baby, but the average pregnant woman only needs about 300 more calories a day than before she was pregnant in order to gain the correct amount of weight. To

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How Can I Know If My Toddler Is Developing Normally?

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One minute your baby is cooing and gurgling and spitting up, and the next, he or she is a toddler, pulling a wagon and throwing tantrums. Where did the time go? The toddler years, generally between 13 months and 3 years, are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development, characterized by almost daily

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What Are The 3 Stages of Labor?

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If you’re expecting a baby (especially if it’s your first), you’ve probably heard the words, “Every woman’s labor is unique” from a friend, co-worker, midwife or physician, and then they proceed to tell you exactly how your labor and delivery is going to go. While we don’t want to be one more voice telling you

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How To Know If You Have A Healthy, Well-Functioning Family

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Healthy parenting comes from a healthy family, and vice versa As everyone knows, there is no perfect family, or even a normal one. And yet, while families come in all combinations of sizes, ages, genders and colors, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics have seen over the years that healthy, well-adjusted families tend to have several key characteristics in common:

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Now That You’ve Made It Through The Terrible 2s, Here’s How To Survive The Even More Terrible 3s.

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, what we hear from many of our parents of toddlers is that as bad as the “terrible 2s” were, the “terrible 3s” are even worse. They turn to us for help, advice and guidance…and they need it now! We get it. We’re parents too, and somehow we managed to live through the

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Dads Can Get The Baby Blues Too: Important Info On Men’s Postpartum Depression

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Every day, over 1,000 new dads in the US become depressed. According to some studies, that number is as high as 2,700. That’s 1 in 10, and possibly as many as 1 in 4, new dads who have postpartum depression. Whatever the exact number is, at Westchester Health Pediatrics we know that a lot of

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WE HAVE THE FLU VACCINE! COME IN AND GET YOUR SHOT!

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Our flu vaccine is in! Book your appointment now to get your child vaccinated. Even though winter is still a few months away, now is the time to get your child (and yourself) vaccinated. Don’t delay — protect yourself and your family by getting the flu vaccine at any of our 11 convenient locations in Westchester and Putnam

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How To Help Your Toddler Establish Good Sleep Habits

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we feel strongly that healthy sleep habits for children are as important as healthy eating habits. Sleep is an essential component of healthy living, yet something that’s sometimes hard to come by (especially for exhausted moms and dads faced with an obstinate toddler who won’t nod off). Since we often get

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What’s The Right Way To Hold My Newborn?

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Some first-time parents know exactly what to do when it comes to taking care of their new baby: holding, swaddling, feeding, burping, diapering. Others aren’t so sure. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want you to know that we’re here for you with guidance, tips and advice for properly and safely handling your newborn. Many of

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Nutritional Assessments: An Important Way We Help Your Child Grow Up Healthy

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When you’re a parent, there’s no shortage of things to worry about when it comes to your kids. Are they on track developmentally? Are they up-to-date with their vaccinations? Are they getting the right nutrition? At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’re parents too and we feel the same way, especially about nutrition. In fact, your child’s

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